Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games: Everything You Need to Know

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games will be the fifth Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia, bringing further life and activity to our home of the Gold Coast. Between 18 sports and 7 para-sports, it’s going to be a busy 11 days, so we’ve compiled a little guide on everything you need to know about the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for you.



Ticket prices vary depending on the location however they begin at $20 for adults and $10 for children. On the event day there will be free public transport available.

Ticket requests are now closed, and throughout July the remaining tickets will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.


The opening date of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games is on Wednesday 4th April 2018, and the closing ceremony will take place on Sunday 15th April 2018.

Who is Borobi and what is the meaning behind Borobi Mascot?

Borobi is the official mascot of Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games. He is a koala with a unique pattern on his paws which resembles the unique drawings that the local people who spoke the Yuhambeh language drew.

Borobi is missing his second thumb that koalas use to climb trees, so he spent time watching surfers ride waves, making his dream to learn how to surf. One morning he pursued his dream and learnt how to surf, making his crimson nose glow even brighter from the sun. Borobi the surfing koala is the official mascot of the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, so make sure you look out for him on the field.



The games will be held at a number of locations across Queensland including Chandler, Belmont, Broadbeach, Cairns, Carrara, Coolangatta, Coomera, Currumbin, Nerang, Robina, Southport, and Townsville.

Sports on show will be:

  • Athletics
  • Badminton
  • Basketball
  • Beach volleyball
  • Boxing
  • Cycling - Mountain bike
  • Cycling – Road race
  • Cycling – time trial
  • Cycling – track
  • Diving
  • Gymnastics – artistic
  • Gymnastics – rhythmic
  • Hockey
  • Lawn bowls
  • Marathon
  • Netball
  • Para powerlifting
  • Race walk
  • Rugby sevens
  • Shooting
  • Squash
  • Swimming
  • Table tennis
  • Triathlon
  • Weightlifting
  • Wrestling


The opening and closing ceremonies will celebrate the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games being two of the biggest celebrations Queensland has ever seen.

Things to do on the Gold Coast:

While you’re visiting the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, why not make the most of your time and discover what else is on offer? April is still warm enough for you to make the most of the incredible beaches covering the coastline from Southport to Coolangatta; you’ll be spoilt for choice.

We've compiled a list of the best Gold Coast cafes and restaurants on offer here, for you too.


Accommodation on the Gold Coast

If you’re travelling to the Gold Coast for the Commonwealth Games, take a look at our many accommodation options on offer. Whether you prefer a self-contained apartment, penthouse suite, resort style living or accommodation for groups, make sure that you book well in advanced so that you can rest easy after a full day of excitement.

Gold Coast Hotels

Mantra Circle on Cavill

Located in Surfers Paradise on the Gold Coast, this resort is just a stroll to the beach...Read More »

Mantra Legends Hotel, Gold Coast accommodation
Mantra Legends Hotel

Walk from Mantra Legends Hotel to some of the most popular attractions on the Gold Coast...Read More »

Mantra Wings, Gold Coast accommodation
Mantra Wings

Mantra Wings internet access, tour desk and complimentary parking...Read More »

Mantra Crown Towers, Gold Coast accommodation
Mantra Crown Towers

Just 100 metres from the beach, this self-contained accommodation is ideal for your next holiday... Read More »

Mantra Sun City, Gold Coast accommodation
Mantra Sun City

Offering One, Two and Three Bedroom apartments with ocean and hinterland views...Read More »

Paradise Centre Apartments, Gold Cosat accommodation
Paradise Centre Apartments

Choose from the Hotel Room, Studio Suite, or Hotel Deluxe with views of Spring Hill...Read More »

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